Driver Fatigued Cause of Fatal Collision Involving Semi Truck

According to a report posted on ABC.net, the cause of a devastatingly fatal accident involving a semi truck has been determined to be attributed to driver fatigue. The accident, which transpired last April, transpired when the 42 year-old driver of a passenger vehicle veered onto the wrong side of an interstate highway – ultimately colliding with an oncoming semi tractor-trailer. Although there was evidence that the passenger vehicle driver attempted to brake before impact, the woman died instantly in the collision.

Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that the 42 year-old had been awake since 4 o’clock in the morning prior to the accident and had been suffering flu-like symptoms which caused an interruption in her sleep the week prior to the fatal accident. In a statement released by the coroner, it was found that there was nothing wrong with the passenger vehicle and no evidence of driver inattention. Additionally, the corner highlighted the negative consequences of driver fatigue and urged local authorities to continue to highlight and address this often life-threatening issue.

Although our Illinois trucking accident blog frequently discusses the continued effects of semi truck driver fatigue, it is important to highlight that fatigue can affect all drivers and may often result in devastating motor vehicle accidents resulting in severe personal injury or even death. According to statistics provided by the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll, over 60% of adult drivers (approximately 168 million individuals) admitted to have driven a motor vehicle while fatigued. Of that number, 37% (103 million) revealed that they have fallen asleep behind the wheel while 4% (11 million) were involved in an accident or near accident due to driver fatigue or falling asleep behind the wheel.

The most recent accident statistics provided by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed additional harrowing figures regarding driver fatigue. According to the statistics, an estimated 100,000 police-reported motor vehicle accidents are the direct result of driver fatigue each year – resulting in 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.

In order to prevent the tragic injury and losses caused by driver fatigued-related accidents, each Chicago truck accident lawyer at Levin & Perconti recommends that drivers of all types of motor vehicles adhere to the following recommendations provided by DrowsyDriving.org:

– Get adequate sleep – Schedule proper breaks during long trips – Always avoid alcohol and sedative medications before travel – If possible, travel with a companion to share the driving

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